The Santos Tour Down Under will be canceled again in 2022, as Australia’s COVID-19 border closures and quarantine requirements prove to be too high a hurdle to overcome.
Organizers said it would not be until 2023 that the Tour Down Under would return to Adelaide and the region of South Australia to start the UCI WorldTour men’s and women’s UCI ProTour season.
“The Santos Tour Down Under is a highly regarded event on the Australian cycling and sporting world calendar and an important economic engine for South Australia, attracting 44,000 people, injecting 742 jobs and over $ 66 million into the world. economy when it was last held in 2020, “Events South Australia executive director Hitaf Rasheed said in a statement. “We fully explored all avenues, but unfortunately in the end it was the border closures and quarantine requirements for the more than 400 people who make up the international teams that proved to be still too difficult to overcome.”
The men’s six-stage WorldTour classified Tour Down Under and the women’s four-stage classified tour 2.Pro last took place in 2020, with his position in January, meaning he missed the disruption that took place. produced during the remainder of the season as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded. However, the races were canceled in 2021 as Australia closed its international border and introduced strict quarantine requirements to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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